A bedroom with blue checked wallpaper on one wall and a large window and built-in cabinetry and study nook on the other. A gold four poster bed is in the centre of the room with a golden chandelier hanging from the centre and a red upholstered rug on the floor.
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Guest Suite Week

After last week’s room reveal, Tom and Sarah-Jane are on a winning streak after delivering a bold guest suite, filled with blue checks, gold accents, and a hint of Scottish highlands charm.

Guest Suites Worthy of a

Country Weekend Getaway

If there’s one thing we learnt from Tom and Sarah-Jane this week, it’s to not shy away from using patterns and colour, after they created a guest suite that was bold and nostalgic, yet refined.

From the other houses, Blockheads Rachel and Ryan opted for an ensuite with earthy, natural finishes, while Ankur and Sharon and Omar and Oz instilled their space with dreamy pink hues and romantic sheers.

The hallmark of a good guest bedroom and ensuite is a space that keeps family and friends connected to the social heart of the home, yet gives them the privacy they need to check out from their usual day-to-day and immerse themselves into a world of relaxation.

Ankur and Sharon's guest bedroom which had a study nook to the left of the room, a golden extended bedhead with rose pink linen a fur throw and a brown leather armchair in the corner.

Designing your country-inspired home for all 5 senses

How to evoke sight, sound, touch, taste and smell.


Sight is usually the first of the 5 senses that comes to mind when you think about decorating and interior design. In your new home, you can make a big visual impact by upgrading to high raked ceilings that give a barn-inspired look, or fitting your space with expansive skylights that give you a window to the outside world. Lounge back on the couch and enjoy getting a peek at blue skies, clouds going by and the pitter patter of rain hitting the glass.

A living room with grey floor tiles, a modular white couch placed below a huge skylight with sliding doors leading out to the alfresco and a dining table placed at the back of the room.


When you think of spending time in the countryside, you think of the relaxing sounds of birdlife or rain hitting your roof. For your new home, an obvious addition is introducing surround sound to your space, or a crackling fireplace to your lounge. But even features like an alfresco off your master bedroom give you the opportunity to open your space up to the outside world and immerse yourself in a range of different sounds.

A master bedroom with a muted brown feature wall, a wooden bedhead with navy linen and sliding doors leading out to an alfresco.


A country-inspired palette shines a spotlight on tactile elements, celebrating the sense of touch. There’s so many ways that you’re able to introduce different textures into your space. Wool pile carpet and sheer curtains give you a sense of softness, while the Haymes Paint Artisan Collection or cladding helps to bring texture to your walls. Take your space up a notch and contrast soft elements by bringing the sophisticated look of marble or concrete to the centre of your open plan kitchen with a timeless Caesarstone benchtop.

A close-up shot of a queen bed on a black metal bed frame with brown and textured pillows and a dark, black textured feature wall and two pendant lamps.


A big aspect to country living is having spaces, both inside and outside, that allow you to come together as a family to enjoy meals and good food. An alfresco is a must, but you can also play around with your dining space. The dining banquette in our newly-opened Batavia 31 on display in Bells Creek gives a laid-back look, while also giving you more flexibility to accommodate extra guests at the last minute. Smaller touches, like having spaces to put your fancy glassware and statement bowls on show, whether that’s a separate bar or overhead cabinets with glass panels, is also a great way to design your space around food and entertaining.

A wooden panelled bench seat next to a dining table with light brown chairs, fresh plants and pillows.


Everyone will have their own preference when it comes to perfecting your home’s signature scent, but for some country-inspired influences, you can’t go past native Australian scents like eucalyptus or lemon myrtle. But smell is also about cleansing your home of bad odours as much as it’s about introducing good ones. A mudroom peeling off from your garage gives you a closed-off, designated area away from the main living space to put all of your dirty boots, rain gear and sports bag.

A closed-off mudroom with white shelving, light wooden flooring and school bags, caps and scarves.

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